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What's The Best Rear View Mirror For Cyclists?

What's The Best Rear View Mirror For Cyclists?

These days, a rear view mirror is almost just as important as wearing a helmet when cycling. Whether you're commuting to work through busy traffic, riding with a group or simply having an afternoon solo ride on the weekend, having a Rear View Mirror that actually works is vital. We have tested the 4 most popular bicycle mirrors on the market to find out exactly how well each of them work. After testing the handlebar mirror, the eyeglass mirror, the handlebar mirror and the wearable RearViz Mirror on the same road conditions we have found a clear winner. Here's some snaps from our journey to let you see the results for yourselves... 

#1 The RearViz Mirror 

The RearViz Mirror is a rear view mirror that you wear on your arm with a velcro strap. The base of the mirror actually rotates 360° and pivots back and forth so you can pretty much get it into the exact position that works for you to give you the widest rearward view. If you think about it, when you ride the widest part out on your body is your arm right? So the idea behind this mounting style is that you will get the widest rearward view of what's coming up behind you when you strap the mirror to the furthest point of your body and bike. When i first tried the RearViz, to my surprise the product is really lightweight and after wearing for hours on end, I forgot it was even on my arm. Although it can take a bit of getting used to having a foreign object on your arm, once you get it into the correct position it's quite easy to see that this is by far the safest mirror on the market for cyclists. The BEST feature of this wearable design is that as the mirror is mounted directly on your arm, all of the vibration and distorted view from the road that you would usually get with other mirrors is eliminated! So no matter what rode i ride on, whether it be my city commutes or off track adventures, i can always get a really clear rearward view. 


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It has a really large, convex mirror which gives you an extremely clear view of the traffic coming up behind you. Another point of difference with this mirror is that as it is not being worn near your face or eyes and is not made of glass, if you happen to fall of your bike, the RearViz will just snap shut, protecting both you and your mirror! The thing i love about the RearViz Mirror is that you aren't restricted to mounting it on your bike (which already has enough gadgets on it!) or anywhere near your face (which is just plain annoying). Having a mirror mounted on my arm gave me a lot more freedom as within a few minutes i was simply using my peripheral vision to keep a clear eye on the cars behind me. 

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#2 The Eye Glass Mirror 

This Eye Glass Mirror is a small rear view mirror that you can attach to your sunglasses. Its small mirror can be positioned to face the rider's desired view of the road behind them. Although at a first glance and feel this mirror appears to be lightweight and very small, the tiny mirror makes it quite difficult to get a clear rear view of what's coming up behind you. Aside from this, i believe the whole idea behind having a mirror on your helmet is flawed. Not only do you increase the risk of having glass or sharp plastic lodged into your eye or face if you fall off your bike but the annoyance of riding with an object constantly in your vision makes it difficult to get used to. To add a final comment, as the mirror is designed to be attached to sunglasses, 

The Eyeglass MirrorSunglass Mirror

NOTE! If you love your sunglasses then this mirror might not be the best choice for you... Unless you love big scratch marks on them! 

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#3 The Handlebar Mirror 

The Handlebar Mirror is quite self explanatory. This mirror mounts directly to the side of your handlebar so riders can get a view of what's coming up behind them. As this style has quite a wide, clear mirror when you're riding on flat ground it actually works well. However, as soon as you go over a bumpy road or gravel, it tends to shutter and shake giving you a distorted view of what's coming up behind you. Now when the sole purpose of a rear view mirror is to get a clear view of what's approaching behind your bicycle, then to have a shaky mirror that depends on the road you are traveling on kind of defeats the purpose! The other defining negative about this styled rear view mirror is the location of which it is mounted. Overall, this styled mirror is definitely a better and safer alternative to the EyeGlass or Helmet Mirror but it still doesn't work as well as you would hope. 

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You can either mount it to the end of your handlebar, leaving your hands with very little room to grip the bar or you can mount it to the inside of your handlebar which gives you more of a view of your hand or your self rather than the oncoming traffic behind you.

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#4 The Helmet Mirror 

The Helmet-Mounted Mirror is another popular option that cyclists around the world use as their rear view mirror. After trying it out, I found that it was very similar to the Eye Glass Mirror as to be honest, I was not a fan. Although this mounting style is a bit more user-friendly than the eyeglass mirror because you are not restricted to wearing sunglasses every time you ride, it was still very annoying to use. I don't know about everyone else, but I'm not a fan of having something constantly bopping around the front of my face, distracting me when i ride. Maybe if cyclists rode with their head straight for the entirety of their rides without moving, this mounting style would work better. However, I found that every time i moved my head (even the slightest tilt) the mirror would move with it, which was not only distracting but made the mirror ineffective as i lost my rearward view. Don't get me wrong, i could definitely see behind me when cycling on the straight but this mirror is another restrictive piece of safety gear as again, i was forced to change the way i usually ride just to suit the mirror. Most products are designed to suit the rider, not for the rider to suit the product... Anyway, here's a few snaps we got of the Helmet Mirror to show you what it looks like and how it works. 

Helmet Rear View Bike MirrorHelmet Mounted Rear View Bicycle Mirror

Even if this mirror did work really well, the idea of having something sticking out from your helmet isn't the most attractive look. To keep the dorky look consistent with the rest of your cycling get-up you may as well tie some magpie repellent Zip Ties to your helmet! 

Helmet Cycling Mirror

 

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The Recipe for Safe Cycling

The Recipe for Safe Cycling

As the creators of the world’s first ever arm-mounted rear view mirror for cyclists, increasing visibility on the road is our speciality. The greater clarity and visibility everyone has on the road, the easier it is to avoid crashes and cycling accidents.

The RearViz team have come up with three safety tips that we believe all cyclists should follow if they want to ride safely.

Be Seen

When you are cycling, you are sharing the road with motorists who may or may not be aware of the safety rules and precautions that they should be following in order to keep you safe. One of the best moves you can make, then, is to ensure that your presence on the road is as glaringly obvious as possible.

First, when riding, make sure you are wearing high-visibility cycling clothing, or at least bright colours. The human eye is going to naturally notice strong yellows, oranges, and reds. These ‘safety’ colours signal caution and alertness in the human brain, which is why they are used for traffic lights and signs.

Second, utilise safety lights. Equip your bike with reflective lighting and use a flashing or blinking light to help increase your visibility in cloudy or dark conditions. Making eye contact with drivers and using hand signals will also increase your visibility to drivers. Being seen is so important, try to keep up with these safe cycling habits; no one wants to get hurt on the road.

Be Smart

Wherever you ride, make sure you ALWAYS wear a helmet that is fastened and fits well. Ensure you are up to date with the current cycling laws and regulations in your area as they are regularly changing and differ between each state. Whether changing lanes, turning or stopping, make sure you always give yourself enough time to complete the manoeuvre so road users are aware of your movements.

Be Aware

You also need to stay aware of your surroundings. This isn’t just the case on the road. Cycling off-road and on trails can be just as dangerous. You always need to be aware of what is around you and potential upcoming hazards.

To help you see, ride with high quality sunglasses to prevent sun glare from blocking your vision. The RearViz Mirror is excellent for clearly seeing what is going on around you. Placed on your arm rather than your bike, road vibrations are eliminated so you can get a clearer picture of what’s behind you and around you. An arm-mounted mirror really acts like a set of eyes behind your head – which any experienced cyclist will tell you, is exactly what you need to stay safe. Get yours today and start cycling safely! www.rearviz.com

As safe cycling experts, we were thrilled to be featured the article by NSW Compensation Lawyers to help you understand how you can better 'Protect yourself with these cycling safety tips'.

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RearViz #2 Commuter Safety Product!

RearViz #2 Commuter Safety Product!

The RearViz Mirror has just been listed as one of the top 100 bicycle commuter accessories in the world by Peace Bicycles. Almost topping the list for the Helmets & Safety category, it’s clear that the RearViz wearable bike mirror is a must-have accessory for riders. Whether you ride to work everyday or love taking the bike out for a spin on the weekends, your safety on the road should be paramount! The RearViz Mirror is combating the dangers of riding in traffic by putting a ‘middle-man’ in between you and oncoming cars so you can always see what is coming up behind your bike. Try out the product that is designed to get you home safely! Get yours today www.rearviz.com.

 These are a few of our favorite accessories we found in the mix...

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Information & photos retrieved from Peace Biycles.

www.peacebicycles.com/advice/cool-bike-accessories-commuter 

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Meet Janet & Shaun!

Meet Janet & Shaun!

We would like to introduce you to beloved RearViz customers and tandem bike team Janet and Shaun Devlin. Our favorite husband and wife duo regularly send us photos of their RearViz mirrors on their tandem travels around the Big Bear Lake in California. Recently, we received some really unique photos of artistic wood carvings of two bears riding a tandem bike, wearing a RearViz. We just wanted to say a big thank you to Janet and Shaun for all of their awesome photos and promotion of the RearViz products on their journeys!

Read the story about how these beloved bears arrived in their garden…
“Shaun and I won our first US Cup in 2013 on our tandem in Big Bear. When we moved up to Big Bear we bought a house that unfortunately had a 60 foot pine that had been destroyed by the Bark Beetle. The tree had to come down because the City was worried it would fall on the house. One afternoon we were contemplating what to do with the stump when Shaun brought out the photo from the US Cup. He said, how about we have a local carver build us a tandem with riding bears to look like us? I was so excited! It was a great idea! So we visited two carvers. The first told us it would be 6 months before he could begin the work. The second carver immediately constructed the bike and we were very happy! It took him 2 months and over 60 hours of work to get it right! Here’s the photo he worked from. He did a great job!” – Janet Devlin


 

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NEW AUSSIE PRODUCT SAVING CYCLIST’S LIVES

NEW AUSSIE PRODUCT SAVING CYCLIST’S LIVES

The high rate of cycling fatalities in Australia has sparked the creation of a new invention that will improve the safety of cyclists on our roads.

RearViz is a Gold Coast based, internationally acclaimed business who have hit the cycling market with a creation that is described as ‘the next best thing to a helmet’ in cycling.

RearViz have introduced an arm-mounted rear vision mirror that allows the rider to look forward and see behind their bike for oncoming traffic and hazards.

With 14 more cycling fatalities last year than in 2000, The Australian Bicycle Council’s 2014 report indicated that ‘the safety of bicycle riders is heavily dependent on the vehicles around them’.

The RearViz arm-mounted mirror is combating this issue by giving the rider wider rearward perspectives creating virtual eyes on the back of the cyclist’s head.

Attempting to reduce the stigma between cyclists and drivers in Australia RearViz’s CEO, Lee Crane says the product is a big step for the cycling community.

“As soon as riders turn their heads to check for oncoming traffic and hazards, they take their eyes off the road. The RearViz allows cycling commuters to look forward and see behind without affecting their vision,” she said.

“We really are trying to make a difference and lower the high rate of deaths on our roads.”

The RearViz Arm Mirror

Cyclists around the world are quickly catching on to this new safety phenomenon, transitioning the product from a trendy item into absolute necessity for cyclists.

RearViz user Richard Smith says the safety accessory is perfect for peak time traffic.

“With many aggressive drivers around this mirror is a must for commuting in Sydney peak times,” he said.

The company’s versatile products are currently being sold across the globe at numerous international bike shows in the US, Europe and more.

In fact, in April earlier this year RearViz made their mark in the US at Bike Expo New York selling an average of one mirror every minute over the two day event.

The safety sensation has taken off and now even has a popular trending #rearviz hashtag on social media pages across the globe from riders showcasing photos of their RearViz mirror.

UK cyclist John Adams says the RearViz invention is a life saver.

“When I first got it I said ‘that will save my life one day’ and I still think that’s true. I feel much safer knowing everything that’s going on around me, and am enjoying my riding much more,” he said.

The RearViz is taking on the international market attempting to create a safer environment for cyclists everywhere.

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